Friday, May 31, 2013

Chien-Shiung Wu

Born this day in 1912: Chien-Shiung Wu, (1912–1997), who during her lifetime was one of the world’s leading experimental physicists. Wu’s experiments tested a notion, put forth by colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang, challenging the law of conservation of parity. Her experiments overturned the law of physics that held that nature has a left-right symmetry. Guess who was awarded the Nobel Prize.

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